The time for a diplomatic solution to the unrest in Syria may be running out.
In a shift of policy, Turkey is now preparing a list of sanctions against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad as the violence against protesters continues.
Turkey, which had previously been reluctant to act against fellow middle eastern countries, is now aligning itself more closely with the West’s stance against the Syrian leadership.
On Tuesday, Syria’s foreign minister used his address to the UN General Assembly to blame the protests on foreign incitement, sabotage by armed groups, and to criticise sanctions already imposed on Damascus by the US and European Union.
Footage on a social networking site, which is claimed to have been shot in the Syrian city of Deraa, supposedly shows security forces arresting demonstrators at a school on Tuesday.
A new UN resolution proposed by western countries has had calls for immediate sanctions removed so it can gain the support of China and Russia.